Nationwide strike likely to hit banking, transport and other services again

The nationwide strike (Bharat Bandh) to protest against the policies of the Union government has entered day two and is likely to hit banking, public transport and other services again on Tuesday.

Essential services like healthcare, electricity and fuel supplies may, however, remain unaffected like day 1. Public offices, as well as educational institutions, are also expected to be not impacted by the strike called by nearly a dozen trade unions.

The joint forum of central trade unions, which has called for the two-day strike that started on Monday, has said that the bandh-like situation prevailed in at least eight states due to the nationwide strike against various policies of the government.

Some bank branches, particularly in cities with a strong trade union movement, did very limited over-the-counter public dealings such as cash deposits and withdrawals.